In this series we take a look at 12 players for the San Diego Chargers who are 25 or younger and who could be considered foundational or impact players.
Player: WR Vincent Brown
The skinny: Selected in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Chargers, Brown was thrust into a starting role because of early season injuries to Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd. Brown rebounded from a 2012 season cut short by a broken ankle, finishing with 41 receptions for 472 yards and a touchdown. Brown had only one drop all season. However, Keenan Allen leap-frogged Brown in terms of development in 2013, and the San Diego State product at times was not on the same page with quarterback Philip Rivers.
Reason for optimism: Brown’s production and impact on the game improved at the end of the season, including big catches in wins at Denver and against Oakland. Some in the organization view his skill set similar to former Chargers’ big-play receiver John Jefferson, so the potential for development is there. He’s also a willing blocker in the run game, and a hard worker who wants to get better.
Reason for concern: Receivers usually make a leap in development in their third year in the league, so there could be some concern among some in the team’s personnel department that Brown has reached his ceiling. Brown also did not have a catch in two postseason games for San Diego last season. At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Brown will be in his second season in Mike McCoy’s offensive system, so another year of familiarity could help.